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Offline Mike G

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Re: EEZ Bench Box 3 - Sequel to EEZ H24005
« Reply #625 on: July 03, 2021, 05:43:43 am »
Ok, more clues ^-^
Swapped faulty DCP with good DCP, including swapping Meanwell supply so faulty DCP is using good Meanwell, and fault moved with DCP module.
After more experimentation discovered fault only shows when current limit is set at 51mA or higher.  50mA or lower CC led behaves correctly. 
Had a look at circuit diagram to suss out what is going on, all the parts relating to this section are under the heatsink so access very poor for inspection/testing. Not impossible but more thought needed before diving in.
Just to avoid wasting time I thought a recalibration would be a useful thing to check.
Problem... it asks me for a calibration password,  I have never set a calibration password.... is there a default one set even though the user manual says not... HELP :-//
If you think the problem with the CC led is indeed around the current sense switching area I am both happy and interested to track it down. I will, however have to make up extension leads to allow working on it outside the case.
It still seems strange this has only shown up after upgrade to v1.7,  what do you think about reverting to 1.6.1 or does this not help?
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Re: EEZ Bench Box 3 - Sequel to EEZ H24005
« Reply #626 on: July 03, 2021, 05:48:03 am »
Sorry, I had a Muppet moment, read the user manual again and discovered it is the system password that is undefined but the calibration password is...  :palm:
 

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Re: EEZ Bench Box 3 - Sequel to EEZ H24005
« Reply #627 on: July 03, 2021, 06:01:50 am »
You can try that but it cannot be a backplane "issue" since CV and CC are analog indicators, i.e. not under control of MCU so using different SPI bus on different slot will not make any difference.

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Re: EEZ Bench Box 3 - Sequel to EEZ H24005
« Reply #628 on: July 03, 2021, 06:04:45 am »
The default calibration password is eezbb3 as noted in https://www.envox.eu/eez-bench-box-3/bb3-user-manual/12-power-modules-calibration/

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Re: EEZ Bench Box 3 - Sequel to EEZ H24005
« Reply #629 on: July 03, 2021, 06:10:34 am »
Yes, I did eventually find that please see my latter post
Anyhow have now recalibrated the dodgy DCP and all seems fine now :clap:  Just did two, 50mA and 4.8A, points.
Thank you so much for your time and advice.
Really happy with BB3 and v1.7
Regards Mike
 
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Re: EEZ Bench Box 3 - Sequel to EEZ H24005
« Reply #630 on: July 03, 2021, 06:13:18 am »
Ok, glad to hear that you managed to fix that with calibration. it seems that low range (50 mA) required recalibration.

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Re: EEZ Bench Box 3 - Sequel to EEZ H24005
« Reply #631 on: July 03, 2021, 06:19:46 am »
The fault only showed up above 50mA so I assumed the problem was with the High current calibration.
Anyhow all ok now, seems strange this only showed up after upgrading.
The thing I noticed was that the dodgy DCP had four calibration points when I checked, two of them very low current, less than 50 mA so I erased the two low ones and just recalibrated at 50mA and 4.8A.  The DCP that showed no problems only had calibration points at 50mA, 2A and 4.8A  so I suspect the problem was caused by having calibration points below 50mA in the high current calibration :-//
 

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Re: EEZ Bench Box 3 - Sequel to EEZ H24005
« Reply #632 on: July 03, 2021, 06:23:09 am »
Good, to know. Just be sure that you have at least 4 calibration points in total: two for low range (50 mA) and two for high range (5 A).

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Re: EEZ Bench Box 3 - Sequel to EEZ H24005
« Reply #633 on: July 03, 2021, 08:21:36 am »
The CC led going on could be related to an offset in the set current limit. So if the current limit is set very low, it may actually be set below 0 and than cause the CC mode to engage when off.  It should not cause a problem - more like a bit confusing because of the LED, but hardly any change to the output.

Chances are that on turn on of the outout the CC mode will engage anyway for a short time ( ~ ms, so may not be very visible) until the voltage reaches it's set values. I asume the DCP does not copy the R&S supply "bug" in setting high the current limit for a few ms when the voltage is supposed to rise.
The Firmware update may have changes to off part - looks like that in off state the current limit is also set down (not sure if actually needed, maybe in the hope to reduce overshoot in some cases).
 

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Re: EEZ Bench Box 3 - Sequel to EEZ H24005
« Reply #634 on: July 03, 2021, 09:50:46 am »
@kleinstein, currently we have the following situation: When power output is enabled, we don't have any overshoot. For "R&S" setup, i.e. Uset=3.3 V and Iset=1 A with 2R load we're entering CC mode like this:



However there is another scenario that Dave didn't tested: a "list programming" (that could be R&S's EasyARB). Here we can overshooting for ~1 ms if Uset is fixed (e.g. 3.3 V) and current is programmed between 20 mA and 1 A when current range is set in BEST:



A note about that is exists in our User manual:

Important: when power module is operating in CC mode, and load is changed dynamically that current vary between low and high current range, switching between ranges will generates voltage overshoots due to finite switching speed. Set current range manually in that case to avoid voltage overshoots.

If we just change current range selection from BEST to HIGH then everything is fine again:



Perhaps we should force current range selection from BEST to HIGH when list programming is selected to avoid this issue.
 
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« Reply #635 on: July 08, 2021, 04:30:57 pm »
The EEZ BB3 firmware version 1.7.1 has been released. As before, you can find instructions for the firmware upgrade in Chapter 13.

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Re: EEZ Bench Box 3 - Sequel to EEZ H24005
« Reply #636 on: July 10, 2021, 04:45:06 am »
V1.7.1 working really well.
The function generator is massively improved, now very useable.
True AC output  :clap: :-DD
« Last Edit: July 10, 2021, 05:11:35 am by Mike G »
 
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Re: EEZ Bench Box 3 - Sequel to EEZ H24005
« Reply #637 on: August 30, 2021, 05:00:28 am »
On Mouser stock is currently Bolek&Lolek production that is shown in Ian's video but also include first DCP405s from new batch made by another PCBA contractor (blue PCB). I've checked and repair all modules sent to Mouser, but some of them still had issues probably due to questionable soldering. New batch is delayed for almost two months due to shortage of components: Mean Well IRM AC/DC converters in first place. DCM module is particularly sensitive since it seems that LT3763 doesn't tolerate questionable thermal pad joint.

Is Mouser's stock of the two channel kits (currently showing 30 in stock) still the old production PCBs with questionable soldering? I've been looking into buying one of these supplies (in the US), and so far Mouser seems like the cheapest option. The main other option seems to be buying from the EEZ web store, which would be newer production, pre-assembled, and with a warranty, but also ends up being more than $120 more expensive shipped to the US (possibly more, haven't looked into fees), at which point it would make sense to just buy the 4 channel version from Mouser (not in stock yet, currently showing 23 on order, which should probably be newer production?). Only other consideration is I do like the thought of supporting EEZ on their web store, but I also doubt they see even a small fraction of that price difference.
 

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Re: EEZ Bench Box 3 - Sequel to EEZ H24005
« Reply #638 on: August 30, 2021, 05:41:55 am »
On Mouser stock is currently Bolek&Lolek production that is shown in Ian's video but also include first DCP405s from new batch made by another PCBA contractor (blue PCB). I've checked and repair all modules sent to Mouser, but some of them still had issues probably due to questionable soldering. New batch is delayed for almost two months due to shortage of components: Mean Well IRM AC/DC converters in first place. DCM module is particularly sensitive since it seems that LT3763 doesn't tolerate questionable thermal pad joint.

Is Mouser's stock of the two channel kits (currently showing 30 in stock) still the old production PCBs with questionable soldering? I've been looking into buying one of these supplies (in the US), and so far Mouser seems like the cheapest option. The main other option seems to be buying from the EEZ web store, which would be newer production, pre-assembled, and with a warranty, but also ends up being more than $120 more expensive shipped to the US (possibly more, haven't looked into fees), at which point it would make sense to just buy the 4 channel version from Mouser (not in stock yet, currently showing 23 on order, which should probably be newer production?). Only other consideration is I do like the thought of supporting EEZ on their web store, but I also doubt they see even a small fraction of that price difference.

Due to a problem with components shortage we are not able to continue production so it cannot be expected for Mouser to get 4-channel before the second quarter of next year. However, they have enough DCMs in stock (latest version) so it can possibly be combined with a 2-channel kit version. Also, 65 new starter kits (without power modules) were delivered to Mouser long time ago, which are still not visible and I don't know what the idea was with that. Maybe you should contact CS for more information.

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Re: EEZ Bench Box 3 - Sequel to EEZ H24005
« Reply #639 on: August 31, 2021, 01:54:28 am »
Sounds frustrating, do you know if Mouser's current stock of the 2-channel version is the older production with possibly bad soldering?
 

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Re: EEZ Bench Box 3 - Sequel to EEZ H24005
« Reply #640 on: August 31, 2021, 05:36:18 am »
Sounds frustrating, do you know if Mouser's current stock of the 2-channel version is the older production with possibly bad soldering?

Highly likely that it is an older production.

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SMX46, PREL6, MUX14D
« Reply #641 on: October 04, 2021, 10:24:03 am »
After a lot of complications, the new SMX46, PREL6 and MUX14D modules are now available in our web store.

https://www.envox.eu/product/smx46-module/
https://www.envox.eu/product/prel6-module/
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Firmware v1.7.2
« Reply #642 on: October 19, 2021, 11:55:01 am »
Firmware interim release 1.7.2 is now available for download: https://github.com/eez-open/modular-psu-firmware/releases/tag/1.7.2
 
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Re: EEZ Bench Box 3 - Sequel to EEZ H24005
« Reply #643 on: October 21, 2021, 08:12:19 am »
Limited number of MIO168+AFE3 modules are now available in our web store: https://www.envox.eu/product/mio168-afe3/
 
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